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Inside the Outbreaks

by Mark Pendergrast

Since its founding in 1951, the Epidemic Intelligence Service has waged war on every imaginable ailment. When an epidemic hits, the EIS will be there to crack the case, however mysterious or deadly, saving countless lives in the process. Over the years they have successfully battled polio, cholera, and smallpox, to name a few, and in recent years have turned to the epidemics killing us now-smoking, obesity, and gun violence among them. The successful EIS model has spread internationally: former EIS officers on the staff of the Centers for Disease Control have helped to establish nearly thirty similar programs around the world. EIS veterans have gone on to become leaders in the world of public health in organizations such as the World Health Organization. Inside the Outbreaks takes readers on a riveting journey through the history of this remarkable organization, following Epidemic Intelligence Service officers on their globetrotting quest to eliminate the most lethal and widespread threats to the world's health.

Mirror Mirror: A History of the Human Love Affair with Reflection

by Mark Pendergrast

The fascinating story of the mirror¿s invention, refinement, and use in a range of human activities -- from the bloodthirsty smoking gods of the Aztecs to the fantastic mirrored rooms wealthy Romans created for their orgies, to the mirror¿s role in gathering light from the far reaches of the universe. Tells of the 2,500-year mystery of whether Archimedes and his ¿burning mirror¿ really set fire to Roman ships; Isaac Newton¿s intense experiments with sunlight on mirrors that left him blind for 3 days; Renaissance artists who used mirrors to revolutionize realistic representations of the world; and George Hale and George Ritchey who joined forces to produce ever-larger telescope mirrors. Illustrations.

Uncommon Grounds

by Mark Pendergrast

Pendergrast, an independent scholar and author, chronicles the history of coffee from its origins in Ethiopia to current trends and changes. This revised edition includes the recent crisis that flooded the marketplace with cheap coffee, the surge in sales and public awareness of Fair Trade coffee, the recession and its impact on Starbucks, and the role of the internet in making prices transparent and giving growers increased marketing opportunities. He traces the origins and dissemination of coffee throughout the Arab world and Europe, the modern coffee industry of late nineteenth- century America, coffee as a major consumer product in the twentieth century, and connected themes like its role in shaping governments, postponing the abolition of slavery, changing the natural environment, and driving economic growth, as well as the relationship between poor producing countries and wealthy consuming nations, health effects, trends in advertising, the process of growing and roasting beans, the shift towards higher quality, and key companies. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

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